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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Settlement of the border dispute isn't an immediate possibility but the Forbidden City is amenable to reason

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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In the next few months, the growing breed of Washington-obsessed Indians will probably have another country to talk about—China. For, in October, Indian foreign minister Jaswant Singh visits Beijing, followed a month later by Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Rongji's trip to India. It is considered unprecedented for two top Chinese leaders to visit a country in a year, what with Li Peng, chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress of China (second in his country's pecking order), having toured India extensively in January. Two visits in a span of one year, it is being pointed out, testifies to the increasing importance of New Delhi.

Such visits should help foster better understanding between the two countries, especially in view of Chinese vice-foreign minister Wang Yi telling a group of visiting Indian journalists last week that "lack of mutual understanding" is a factor in Sino-Indian relations. Wang emphasised that the Chinese needed to understand the "changing India", much the same way as New Delhi needed to understand the "new China, the changing...
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